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GVF Announces Appointment Of Irina Petrov As Acting Secretary General


David Meltzer to Step-Down as Secretary General Effective 23 May 2023

 30th March 2023

GVF announced that following the forthcoming departure of Secretary General David Meltzer, Irina Petrov, GVF’s Vice President for Marketing & Membership, has been appointed as Acting Secretary General, effective 24 May 2023.

Mr. Meltzer, based at GVF’s Washington, D.C. Office has served as Secretary General since 2018, leading the association in promoting the satellite industry through its wide range of functions, including regulatory advocacy, technology and business training and related webinars. Ms. Petrov has served as GVF’s Vice President for Marketing & Membership since 2019 and during the last four years has contributed significantly to the success of the association’s initiatives, notably the highly acclaimed GVF Webinar Series, expansion of training programs and vigorously supporting the members.

Commenting on the appointment, Dr. Arunas Slekys, Chairman of the GVF Board of Director’s since 2008, said “On behalf of the Board and all GVF members, numbering over 50 of the satellite world’s leaders, I’d like to thank David for his many contributions in strengthening the voice of our industry and wish him the very best in his future endeavours. The appointment of Irina Petrov as Acting Secretary General is worthy recognition of her leadership and numerous contributions in expanding our membership and advocacy programs.”

“I sincerely appreciate the support of GVF’s members, Board, and most importantly my colleagues at GVF these last four and a half years”, said Mr. Meltzer. “I am very proud of the new member services we have provided during my tenure such as our webinar series and online training tools with much of the credit going to Irina Petrov. I leave with great confidence in Irina and GVF.”

In accepting the appointment, Irina Petrov said, “I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to lead GVF and to further build on its extraordinary legacy. Our focus will remain on growing the awareness of how satellite positively impacts people’s lives and supporting our members in advancing their business interests across the entire satellite industry.”


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